Composed by Marie Felicie Clemence de Grandval (1828-1907)
For flute and piano
Edited by Fabio Franco
Published by Schott
This suite was dedicated to the great French flautist, composer and orchestral conductor Paul Taffanel. The Suite consists of a Prelude et Scherzo, Menuet, Romance, Final in a style that clearly belongs to nineteenth century French romanticism.
With her Suite for flute and piano, the young Frenchwoman Clémence de Grandval established herself as a major French composer of the 19th century. As piano and composition student of Frédéric Chopin and Camille Saint-Saëns, she understood the musical trends of her time and was an active member of the new French school La Société Nationale de Musique. The Suite for flute and piano is a typical work of French Romanticism. Influences of Chopin's piano music are clearly noticeable especially in the lyrical entry of the piano in the Prélude and in the virtuoso Final. The flute part is musically and technically varied and well-structured. The Romantic expression ranges from the floating Prélude via the lively Scherzo, Menuet and Romanze to the virtuoso Final. A charming recital piece for the advanced flautist and lover of French Romanticism. This new edition is based on the original edition.